An original Royal Navy Ventile Deck Smock dating from the late 1970s and featuring the early style of size numbering which is hard to find today.
This pattern of smock was first introduced in the 1960s for members of the Royal Navy serving on the decks of Aircraft carriers and similar. Made from ventile cotton which is well known for its waterproof qualities, this smock features a plethora of details. The hood has straps to help tighten it to the wearer's head and also has an area to the interior to accommodate headphones. A fold down peak is held in the up position with a pop stud and there is a fold out mouth cover inside the hood. Two tabs are located to the chest and are held in place with pop studs. These are designed to hold any communications cables for headsets of microphones to the wearer's body and to stop them snagging on anything. Patch pockets are located to the lower portion of the jacket and feature the long, turnover tops underneath the pocket flap as seen on the RAF Ventile Smock and Parka. The waist can be tightened by using the cotton cord which passes through brass eyelets at the waist of the jacket.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title of 'Smock Windproof Blue and the size of 2 which is the pre-1980 sizing style. The contract number of ST3B/5522 is present and there are some instructions relating to washing the garment.
The smock is designed to be worn as an outer layer and is therefore cut in a large, oversize way which needs to be taken into account when considering the sizes below. When laid flat the item measures -
Chest - 26"
Inside arm - 22 1/2"
Outside arm - 24"
Length - 30"
Shoulders - 22"
The smock is in well worn condition with lots of signs of age and use. It is still very wearable but has lots of staining and some flaws including a small hole to the front left pocket and a split along the seam where the plastic peak is fitted (picture6). The smock is still very wearable but is a 'salty' example which has seen plenty of action. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a pre-owned, vintage item.
A hard to find early example of this pattern of smock!
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